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Islanders vs. Canadiens - 12/23/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Montreal Canadiens (21-11-2) at New York Islanders (23-10-0)

NHL Hockey: Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Nassau Coliseum)

The Line: New York Islanders -135 / Montreal Canadiens +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RDS, MSG+

The Montreal Canadiens and New York Islanders play Tuesday night at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Montreal Canadiens have won four of their last five games and begin a five-game road trip. The Canadiens are averaging 2.6 goals per game and have scored nine goals in their last three games. The Montreal Canadiens have scored four power play goals in their last four games and have won four straight when scoring at least three goals overall. Max Pacioretty leads Montreal with 13 goals, Alex Galchenyuk has 14 assists and Tomas Plekanec has 91 shots on goal. Defensively, the Canadiens are allowing 2.4 goals per game and haven’t allowed a power play goal in five straight games. Carey Price has allowed 63 goals on 830 shots faced and Dustin Tokarski has given up 16 goals on 187 shots.

Islanders vs. Canadiens - 12/23/14 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New York Islanders have split their last six games and look for their fifth home win of the month. The Islanders are averaging three goals per game and have scored eight goals in their last three games. The New York Islanders have one power play goal in their last five games and have won five of their last eight games when scoring at least three goals overall. Brock Nelson leads New York with 14 goals, John Tavares has 15 assists and Kyle Okposo has 109 shots on goal. Defensively, the Islanders are allowing 2.8 goals per game and have allowed a power play goal in five of their last eight games. Jaroslav Halak has allowed 54 goals on 664 shots faced and Chad Johnson has given up 34 goals on 258 shots.

The Canadiens are 4-0 in their last 4 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-5 in their last 6 road games. The Islanders are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 22-7 in their last 29 vs. Eastern Conference. The Canadiens are 9-4 in the last 13 meetings in New York and the road team is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. 

The Canadiens have had solid success against the Islanders in the last several meetings and has been playing more consistent hockey than New York. I like the plus money here. 

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Montreal Canadiens +122

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